David D. Yuh, MD

Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center and Staff Surgeon, Division of Cardiac Surgery

Heart and Vascular Institute

29 Hospital Plaza
Suite 501
Stamford, CT 06902

Main: (203) 276-4400
Fax: (203) 276-4401

About Me

Dr. David Yuh is committed to providing his patients with innovative heart care. He performs all types of adult cardiac surgery and specializes in minimally invasive cardiac operations.

Throughout his career, Dr. Yuh has delivered leading-edge care. In 2003, he led a team that performed Johns Hopkins Hospital’s first minimally-invasive robotic heart operation, placing a biventricular pacemaker lead in a patient with ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. That same year, his team performed Hopkins’ first robotic “open-heart” operation, successfully repairing the mitral valve of a 78-year-old man.

Dr. Yuh advanced quickly in his field. After completing his residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, he served as chief resident of cardiothoracic surgery from 2000-2001. He joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery that year as an assistant professor of surgery and two years later became the director of the minimally-invasive cardiac surgical program. Dr. Yuh was subsequently appointed associate professor of surgery in 2005 with a joint appointment in the Whiting School of Engineering. He was recruited to Yale University in 2011 as the chief of cardiac surgery and surgical director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. Over the next five years at Yale, Dr. Yuh rose to the rank of professor in the department of surgery. Seeking a greater scope of responsibility and new opportunities for program building, Dr. Yuh joined the Stamford Hospital community as chair of the department of surgery.

His current research focuses on computational modeling of cardiac structures, particularly the mitral valve, and improving neurocognitive outcomes in elderly patients undergoing cardiac surgery. He has authored or co-authored numerous research publications, is the lead editor of two cardiac surgical textbooks on adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, has served on several NIH study sections and is a permanent voting member of the FDA Circulatory Devices Advisory Panel. Dr. Yuh also serves on multiple committees for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery and American Heart Association and is a reviewer for The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Annals of Surgery and Circulation.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery

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special interests

  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Spending time with his wife and kids


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Education & Training


Stanford University School of Medicine

Medical School

Stanford University School Of Medicine


Stanford University School of Medicine


University of Minnesota School of Medicine

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Published Work

(Original Manuscripts)

Kilic A, Weiss ES, Yuh DD, Shah AS, Cameron DE, Baumgartner WA, Conte JV. Institutional factors beyond procedural volume significantly impact center viability in outcomes following orthotopic heart transplantation. Ann Surg 2012; 256(4):616-623.

Kilic A, Shah AS, Conte JV, Baumgartner WA, Yuh DD. Operative outcomes in mitral valve surgery: The combined effect of surgeon and hospital volume in a population-based analysis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013; 146(3):638-646.

Kilic A, Sultan I, Yuh DD, Shah AS, Baumgartner WA, Cameron DE, Conte JV. Ventricular assist device implantation in the elderly: Nationwide outcomes in the United States. J Cardiac Surg 2013; 28(2):183-189.

Jawitz OK, Jawitz NG, Yuh DD, Bonde P. Impact of ABO compatibility on outcomes after heart transplantation in a national cohort during the past decade. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013; 146(5):1239-1245.

Kilic A, Shah AS, Black JH, Whitman GJ, Yuh DD, Cameron DE, Conte JV. Trends in repair of intact and ruptured descending thoracic aortic aneurysms in the United States: A population-based analysis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg; 2014; 147:1855-1860.

Lebastchi AH, Yuh DD. Nationwide survey of US integrated six-year cardiothoracic surgical residents. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014; 148(2): 401-407.

Lebastchi AH, Tackett JJ, Argenziano M, Calhoon JH, Gasparri MG, Halkos ME, Hicks, Jr. GL, Iannettoni MD, Ikonomidis, JS, McCarthy PM, Starnes SL, Tong BC, Yuh DD. First nationwide survey of US integrated 6-year cardiothoracic residency program directors. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014; 148(2): 408-415.

Stretch R, Sauer CM, Yuh DD, Bonde P. National trends in the utilization of acute mechanical circulatory support: incidence, outcomes and cost analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol 2014; 64(14):1407-1415.

Sauer CM, Yuh DD, Bonde P. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use has increased by 433% in adults in the United States from 2006 to 2011. ASAIO Journal 2014; 61(1):31-36.

Oldham MA, Hawkins KA, Yuh DD, Dewar ML, Darr UM, Lysyy T, Lee HB. Cognitive and functional status predictors of delirium and delirium severity after coronary artery bypass surgery: an interim analysis of the Neuropsychiatric outcomes after heart surgery study. Int Psychogeriatrics 2015; 27(12):1929-1938.

Grbic S, Easley TF, Mansi T, Bloodworth CH, Pierce EL, Voigt I, Neumann D, Krebs J, Yuh DD, Jensen MO, Comaniciu D, Yoganathan AP. Personalized mitral valve closure computation and uncertainty analysis from 3D echocardiography. Med Image Analysis 2016; 35:238-249.

Allen KB, Yuh DD, Schwartz S, Lange R, Hopkins R, Bauer K, Marders J, Donayre JD, Milligan N, Wentz C. Nontuberculous mycobacterium associated with heater-cooler devices used in cardiothoracic surgery. Ann Thorac Surg 2017; (presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2017 annual meeting in Houston, TX).


Reitz BA, Yuh DD (eds.) Congenital Cardiac Surgery. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Yuh DD, Vricella LA, Baumgartner WA (eds.) Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Yuh DD, Vricella LA, Yang SC, Doty JR (eds.) The Johns Hopkins Textbook of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2/e. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology

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